In an incident that exposes the inability of the police to control the menace of snatching, a French national visiting the Golden Temple here was robbed and the unidentified accused took away her purse. The residents of the city continue to face the threat of being robbed by armed assailants in public places and now the muggers have even started targeting foreign tourists.
The fact that a French national visiting the city was robbed testifies to the failure of the police in ensuring the safety of the residents and visitors alike.
The victim, a woman identified as Cleamence Thevenious, a resident of France, has alleged that an unidentified person stole her purse containing her passport, some bank papers and other documents, cash amounting to 25 euros (`1877) and a few other things. The incident occurred while she was depositing her shoes at the 'Jora Ghar' (shoe house) of the Golden Temple during her visit to the shrine.
The Amritsar city police have registered a case in this regard against an unidentified person under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code at E Division police station. However, no arrest has been made so far. Assistant sub-inspector Balwinder Singh of Galliara police post, who is investigating the matter, said that efforts are being made to identify and arrest the accused. "The matter is being duly investigated," he said.
Meanwhile, last year, there had been two cases in which foreigners were robbed. In one of the cases, an unidentified person picked the pocket of Robent Hollenbach, a resident of San Francisco, US, at Jallianwala Bagh.
In the complaint lodged with the police, Hollenbach had alleged that on May 13 last year at about 11:50am, his purse was picked from his pocket at Jallianwala Bagh. The complainant alleged that he was carrying Rs 4500, his driver's license, a Capital credit card and a WEVG FAVGO bank card. A case under section 379 of the IPC was registered at C Division police station in this regard.
In another case, an unidentified person was booked on charges of stealing the bag of Shehepin Dmitly Alexander, a resident of Moscow in Russia.
In the complaint lodged with the Civil Lines police, Alexander had alleged that on May 12 last year, an unidentified person stole his bag containing 1,500 US dollars from hotel Ritz Plaza. The theft, according to Alexander, took place between 8:30pm and 10pm.